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Children in Reception access the seven areas of learning through a wide range of adult and child led activities. Children are encouraged to use their senses to explore the world around them, learn through their play and develop their speech, language and communication skills in our language rich environment. 

Welcome to Reception At Belvedere Infant School

We provide:

  • A wide range of learning activities that reflect the requirements of the Early Years Curriculum. These are provided under a half termly theme, such as 'Amazing Animals' so as to engage children and encourage them to explore so building layers of knowledge.

  • Learning Choices are tasks that children can complete independently, are linked to current learning or interests and are purposeful with a clear learning objective. Children are set a (rainbow) challenge to complete at least 3 learning choices a day.
  • 'Learning Choices' -  have scaffolding to support children such as key questions, pictures, and resources that extend children. Prompts will show the intended outcome: “Can you…”
  • Adult focus group work happens throughout the week. This will always include at least one writing and one maths adult focus each week.
    • Writing has a clear learning objective and purpose as well as reflecting a range of writing types from labels and lists to stories and fact files.
  • Learning is differentiated, meaning some children are supported in the carpet session or are taken out to extend / consolidate their learning, ensuring all children are challenged and support staff are optimised.
  • DFE accredited Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme is used to teach phonics. Children are taught as part of a whole class and assessment for learning identifies children who need extra phonics intervention to keep up and close the gaps. 
  • Independent Writing – children have access to writing resources so they become an integral part of their play. 
  • Adults join in with play regularly, taking the opportunity to model skills within play scenarios such as modelling writing for a purpose in the role play area. Children love to copy adults and will quickly come to an activity an adult is ‘playing’ with, copying what the adult has done
  • Support staff work closely alongside class teachers, observing children, leading focus groups and leading intervention groups.

Reception Outside Learning Area

We are very lucky at Belvedere Infant and Nursery School to have an amazing, newly built outside learning environment. In this area we have a large sandpit, performance area, reading hut, role play areas, water exploration area, English, Maths, Construction and Creative areas. This large space allows the children to transfer their learning and skills from the classroom, to their outside activities. 

The outdoor environment provides different experiences that the children cannot get inside. Our outdoor environment exposes children to nature, weather and real experiences of the world around them. 

Curriculum Overview and EYFS Rationale

Autumn 1 - My Home

This topic settles the children into school as they learn about things that have meaning to them such as pets, their family and people in school. 

Autumn 2 -All about me! Family Celebrations

This topic allows children to share what is special to them, in particular festivals or events that are special. 

Spring 1 - Traditional Tales

The children become familiar with traditional tales including: The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man and other well known stories. 

Spring 2 - Amazing Animals

This is a first introduction to the scientifc aspect of animals. The children will learn about different groups of animals such as jungle animals or farm animals, and why these animals belong to these groups. 

Summer 1 - Superheroes

In this topic the children will learn about great qualities in people and what makes someone 'super'. It allows the children to be creative in designing their own characters. 

Summer 2 -Journeys

As we approach the summer holidays, the children will find out about many different forms of transport that people take in order to travel on a journey. 

Reading at Home

Below you will find some links to further support reading at home.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

https://www.kidsworldfun.com/ebooks-the-mouse-that-was.php

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/open-very-carefully/

 

Maths at Home

Below you will find some links to further support Maths at home.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/games/embed/education-ivor-starting-school?exitGameUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fbbc.co.uk%2Fbitesize%2Farticles%2Fzd4b382

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=16&AgeGroup=1

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/kids-activities/fun-maths-games-and-activities/

 

Phonics at Home

Below you will find some links to further support Phonics at home.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/3-5-years/letters-and-sounds

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

 

Independent Learning Opportunities

Teachers set up the classrooms with a range of exciting and engaging activities that are practical and multi-sensory. Activities are linked to the half termly topic or the key text for the week. Children have a wide range of resources in the classrooms that they can access freely to support their independent learning activities. Activities are set up to provide children with opportunities to practise their speaking and listening skills and encourage them to practise reading and writing throughout the day. 

YR all about me Aut 1(1)YR Celebrations aut 2YR Traditional Tales(1)YR amazing animalsYR Superheroes topic map summer 1YR journeys Sum 2
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